Brenda Lucas: Community news for Saturday, Dec. 22
COMMUNION: A candlelight communion service begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Barboursville Baptist Church.
NOMINEES: Five area students have been nominated for the U.S. Service Academy by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. Local students include Sophia McQuaide Parlock, Cabell County, U.S. Air Force Academy; Blayne Lee Butler, Mason County, and Collin Robert Dodgion, Wayne County, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Cameron Lee Patterson, Putnam County, U.S. Military Academy; and Austin Cole Stover, Putnam County, U.S. Naval Academy.
SERVICE: Pea Ridge United Methodist Church hosts a Christmas Eve service of carols, communion and candlelight at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.
DEPUTIES: Four new deputies have been added to Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, making it 13 sworn in since Chuck Zerkle became sheriff in 2017. Ryan S. Haynie, Spring Valley High graduate and U.S. Army veteran, will attend West Virginia State Police Academy in January, while Dennis L. Stratton, Matthew R. Baumgardner and Hunter B. Neil, also CMHS graduates, will work within the courtrooms and assist with inmate transportation on courthouse grounds.
PROGRAM: The children’s Christmas program, “The King’s Birthday,” is presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at First Southern Baptist Church, South Point, Ohio. Light refreshments follow the program.
CANDLELIGHT: Madison Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) begins its carols, communion and candlelight service at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.
INDUCTEES: Three individuals were recently added to the other 26 members named to the St. Mary’s Wall of Fame. This year’s inductees are Sister Diane Bushee, S.A.C., Pallottine Missionary Sister serving more than 62 years with almost 60 at St. Mary’s Medical Center and currently vice president for Mission Integration; William J. Echols, MD, one of HIMG founders and started cardiac rehabilitation programs at Huntington YMCA, St. Mary’s and Cabell Huntington hospitals. He also developed the echocardiology, vascular duplex studies and nuclear cardiology programs at HIMG and St. Mary’s; and Elmer Teofilo Vega, MD, chief of anesthesia at St Mary’s 25 years after helping to establish the first anesthesia group in Huntington and instrumental in founding Marshall’s medical school.
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GIFTS: Folks are encouraged to play an instrument, sing a song, give a reading or share a piece of art as part of the annual “Gifts for the King” worship service at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church, Barboursville.
81: Tom Wilks, Huntington Post Office retiree, crosses over the 80-mark to celebrate 81 years ‘young’ Saturday, Dec. 22. He and wife, Patty, are fans of this column. May his special day be filled with cards, fond memories, happiness, surprises and birthday cake with many more to follow.
SPECTACULAR: Mark Justice Memorial Christmas Spectacular is from 6 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 24, at Kool Hits 1057, 1524 Winchester Ave., Ashland. Live music by Bronson Bush, Rob McNurlin and Steve Free is performed. Free food, games, door prizes and more are also available.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Samuel Burch, Denise Clegg, Jim Bounds, Riley Ibanez, Cory Ray, Helen Harris, Chris Anderson, Pam McCoy, Lynn Mayfield, Mel Cummings IV, Kenzie Fannin, Patty Frost Karen Pauley, Stephanie Long, Laura Praskwiecz, Donna Jones, Shawn Givner, Amy McCarty, Ruth Wilson, Junior Hagley nears mid-80 mark at 84.
TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Jack and Sue Nichols, Aaron and Ashlee Gallion, James and Pam Thomas.
SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Hunter Jackson, Roy Maynor, Connie Rutherford, Robin Yearout, Linda Eddins, Dustin Dean, Katherine Reid, Elise Hager, August Cooke IX, Vivian Yoost, Lenda Burns, retired Cabell Huntington Hospital employee, Christine Carroll, Noah Kirk, Carol Hayes, Joe Sullivan, Scott Tagg.
SUNDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Curtis and Mia Ferguson, Charles and Gwen Williams.
CHUCKLE: “Yes, Joseph and Mary were traveling to Nazareth,” the Rev. Martin responded to a question from a young man in his Bible study class, but I don’t think they would have called it a weekend getaway.”
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